Outer Lands 2022 | Third day | to sum up
day three of Outer lands brought with it a familiar, bittersweet feeling. The artists spanned such an eclectic genre that it was hard to pinpoint a consistent theme from the artists of the time, but somehow it felt entirely symbolic of everything the city of San Francisco should stand for. The day brought music from every genre imaginable, from hip hop to hard rock, artists whose music was nearly overshadowed by their political movements, and even a well-received revival of Grateful Dead at Golden Gate Park.
Activists and musical movement of Russian origin Pussy Riot filled the Panhandle stage on Sunday afternoon as singer Nadya Tolokonnikova put on an empowering show that used her platform to promote a plethora of causes in a city whose political climate matches her message so well. As Tolokonnikova approached the stage, she held up a “Free Brittney Griner” shirt and wore it for much of her show. In the middle of the set, Tolokonnikova pulled out her phone to read a carefully crafted and impassioned speech defending abortion rights, declaring, “The Bible doesn’t say anything about abortion, it just says don’t fuck sheep. If you are guided by this book, good luck, fuck off” before punctuating the speech with his song “Hangerz”. Friend of Outside Lands Boyfriend took to the Pandle stage for the first time since their 2019 performance at the festival to join Tolokonnikova for a few songs. In support of Ukraine, Tolokonnikova had a few chosen words for the leader of her native country exclaiming “The only thing Ukraine needs is for Putin to die”, followed appropriately with their new single “HATEFUCK”. Tolokonnikova ended the show with a few words we can all agree on: “Thank you so much, have a great day, fuck you.”
A band with decades of experience and the fanbase to show it, 90s rock icons Weezer took the stage late in the day to open for the main stage headliner. Evidently not having received the memo that barbershops have been reopened in some time, lead singer Rivers Cuomo took to the stage sporting a new beard with long hair, a stark distinction from his look usual clean-shaven as the group opened with their first heavy-hit single “Hash Pipe”. Midway through their set, the band paid tribute to one of the great bands to call the Bay Area home, Metallica, as they covered “Enter Sandman.” The covers weren’t limited to one genre, as they decided to bless the rains and cover Toto’s “Africa” as well. Ending their show with a familiar favorite from their blue album, the band finished with “Buddy Holly.”
Friends of the hippie community Mount Joy has proven that no matter how successful you are, there will always be dreams to fulfill. Paying homage to Jerry Garcia and the Dead, not just in their hometown, but inches from Haight-Ashbury, the band took most of the second half of their set to improvise and play along to a cover of “Fire on the Mountain” from the Grateful Dead. .” After the lengthy performance, lead singer Matt Quinn, almost in shock, announced “Thank you guys for making the dream of playing a Grateful Dead song in San Francisco come true.” Their set was otherwise full of sweet hits, accompanied by two of their biggest singles, opening with “Strangers” and ending with “Silver Lining”.
Headlining and closing the festival, a star with as many chart-topping singles as face tattoos, Post Malone lit up the stage one last time. Walking to start the show with “Wow”, he proudly announced himself with his full name, Austin Richard Post. Midway through his show, Post was given a guitar and joked with the audience “If you need to pee, now’s the time to go because that’s the most boring part of the show” before saying lighting a cigarette and playing “Stay” and “Go Flex” acoustically, later smashing his guitar onstage and passing the wood to audience members. Expressing his gratitude to the audience, he made his appreciation clear, saying, “I’m the luckiest man and the most grateful man in the whole fucking universe.” before performing “White Iverson” After which he joked “Someone just threw gum on stage. That’s a sign right there. The show and the evening ended with a bang when fireworks were lit from the stage during the festival’s final song “Congratulations”. Post then sent the festival off with some wise words about himself after his recent forced hiatus saying “It’s been a strange time for all of us… but beyond being a little chubby, nothing has changed.”
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